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Local nonprofits benefit from donations as well
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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Auburn resident Chris Gidcumb was able to retrieve his pitbull Buddy thanks to donations from community members after they read Gidcumb’s letter to the editor saying he could not afford to spring it from the pound. About a dozen readers called the Journal and offered to donate. For those still interested in helping the community’s four-legged citizens, there are several nonprofits that can benefit from even the smallest donation. Leilani Vierra, CEO of the Placer Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said that recently one woman said she “only” had $100 to give. “I get a 40-pound bag of cat litter for $5.38 — that’s a lot of 40-pound bags,” Vierra said. “Keep in mind I need a lot of bags but that can really help us out. Even if someone contributes $10 or $15, it makes a difference in our ability to care for their animals by providing their basic needs.” Vierra said currently the South Placer shelter houses 50 dogs and 300 cats. In Auburn, Cassie Reeves, co-founder and secretary/treasurer of the Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation, said they’ve had people purchasing sponsorships to give as gifts. Reeves said the foundation gives a sponsor a certificate that has a photo of an animal they helped. The money goes toward maintaining their shelter and their services including their spay and neuter program. Both Reeves and Vierra said material donations are also welcome. “We use donations of blankets and towels and pass along the excess we get to the local shelter and the spay and neuter clinic,” Reeves said. “That’s something everybody needs especially as we’re going into winter.” Reach Jenifer Gee at